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National Trails Fund 2013 - Application open Nov 1st

Does your organization want to complete a trail project but lack the funding to do so? On November 1st, American Hiking Society will once again be accepting applications for National Trails Fund grants for amounts between $500 and $5,000 thanks to generous donations from L.L.Bean,  Therm-a-Rest and MSR.

Please visit the National Trails Fund page to read and download the updated guidelines and checklist so that you will be ready once the application is live. Please note: This year's application is an online application and must be completed in one sitting; the application software will NOT save your progress if you choose to exit the page. 

President Obama Signs Transportation Bill!

The President signed the bill on Friday, July 6, 2012. For the first time since 2009, the nation has a new  transportation bill (albeit only a two-year bill) that includes both good & bad news for trails. While portions of the bill take a giant step backwards, it could have been far worse for the trails community. Read our in-depth coverage of MAP-21-Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.

National Trails Fund Grant Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 11 organizations that received funding and thanks to all who applied! The National Trails Fund is American Hiking Society’s annual grant program designed to give non-profit organizations the funding necessary to build, maintain, and repair trails across the nation. Thanks to LL Bean, MSR and Therm-a-Rest for sponsoring this important program.

The Boy Scouts Partner with American Hiking!
 Boy Scout NTD Patch

The Boy Scouts of America have partnered with American Hiking to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Trails Day® by offering an exclusive patch! You can purchase yours here, and don't forget to check out the Order of the Arrow's website for more information on how Scouts and Scouters can get involved.

Wenger Partners with American Hiking  
Wenger AHS Knife for Sale

Wenger has partnered with American Hiking to sell a special Swiss Army Knife from their Evolution collection!

PLUS, $20 from every purchase comes to AHS to continue our work to preserve & protect the places you love. Buy yours today!




Current events

Fall Festival & Farm Tour: If you live in the DC area and are looking for some fun, family-friendly seasonal activities, visit the Fall Festival & Farm Tour at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship near Harpers Ferry, WV.  Activities will include guided hikes, hayrides, pumpkin picking, a farm tour and more.  Click to learn more.

September Eco-Birthday: Johnny Appleseed was born on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts.

National Park Service Continues to Battle Hantavirus. Read more about NPS efforts in Yosemite National Park.

Presidential Eco-Fun Fact: Lyndon Johnson (born August 27, 1908) was a great friend to trails and the environment. Johnson signed the National Trails System Act, Land & Water Conservation Act, Wilderness Act, Urban Mass Transportation Act, and Endangered Species Preservation Act. His wife, Lady Bird Johnson, also heavily advocated for environmental protection and beautification. Visit the LBJ National Historic Park in Johnson City, TX.

Like the Superior Hiking Trail? Then check out the new FREE app from the Superior Hiking Trail Association featuring 11 day hikes and maps! Click here to download the app for both iPhone and Android phones.

Technify your trip! Recreation.gov Camping, a new FREE iPhone app from Recreation.gov, can help you find the perfect campsite.

New America the Beautiful Pass Available Now! The military version of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is available to active duty service members and their families, and is valid in national parks, forests, refuges, and BLM and Army Corps sites. Read more here!